When I read a sports column, I would like it to be about sports. You know, football, or baseball, or something in that general arena. If it's Gregg Easterbrook I will tolerate some maundering, because about one random observation in ten will be amusing or interesting.
But I've never understood why strip clubs are ever germane. Aside from my basic problems with strip clubs, which should be obvious to anyone with a modicum of civilization, I don't see why they come up in these columns, and why it is always assumed I would like to read about them.
Yes, most people who read ESPN.com are men. It's true. But I know men who don't find this sort of thing appealing--or at least they say they don't, which is almost as good. Repression and lies make for a better world, people. Don't tell me they don't.
And why is Anna Benson's neckline the lead photo for a column more or less about baseball?
I know there's a school of thought that says that being open about it makes it better. I don't care. If I were the Sports Guy's wife I'd beat him up, and not just for being a whiner. I would really like it if it were not assumed, just because I like sports, that I am a permanently pre-adolescent boy.